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In this Update I show the magic system in action and some other minor improvements.

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Primaeval Update #3: Magic Combat - Ice & Fire

The 3rd update is here and it’s all about Magic!

I’ve spent too much time trying to find a convenient way to integrate the magic combat system with the melee one, my goal was to give the player the ability to use both of magic spells and melee weapons and seamlessly switch between them.

The main problem is that the character wont be able to move during the process of entering the magic state because it will be playing the ritual animation and this will leave player exposed to all sorts of enemy attacks so to tackle that issue I've tried several ideas:

1) Reduce the entering process time by speeding up the ritual animation, didn't help that much as the player still exposed to enemies.

2) protect the player with some kind of magic shield during the entering process. now the player is no longer exposed to enemies but entering process is still slowing down the combat pace.

3) Do some extra animation work and blend the ritual animation with navigation ones to allow the player to move freely during the entering process. by combining all of these ideas I got pretty satisfying result.

So in this Update I show the magic system in action and some other minor improvements

Symbol based magic system:

  • A magic spell is represented by one or more symbols written on magic scrolls (more details in future updates).
  • as a player you have to remember the correct symbol that represents the spell you are willing to cast and draw it quickly to activate that magic spell.
  • Magic spell caching feature enables quick spell switching so player can strategically plan their spells combos and attacks.
  • Smooth transition between Magic and Melee combat states keeps the flow of the over all combat engagement.
  • 2 magic spells Fire and Ice with one symbol for each

More info about the magic system will be revealed in future updates!

Other minor improvements:

  • New “belt” system enables back sheathing of secondary weapons and shields,
  • Sparks on weapons colliding.
  • Dust on blocking weapon with shield.
  • New sword shader.
  • New slaughter animation.
That was all for this update, hope you like it and stay tuned.

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Emperors_Fist
Emperors_Fist

This looks really promising. I greatly appreciate how much attention goes to the combat system as a whole.

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WiseAlien Author
WiseAlien

Thank you! actually this project is all about combat and puzzles, I'm glad you like it!

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Emperors_Fist
Emperors_Fist

Well good luck, your work definitely shows potential. Plus I like that your work shows the visual quality you can get with the Unity engine. Many people think the engine isn't capable of producing good looking graphics.

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WiseAlien Author
WiseAlien

You are right, with a bit of extra effort unity can produce stunning graphics and I'm sure that I can improve the current visuals when unity 5 comes out!

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FilipJ
FilipJ

I hope that unity repairs GUI :D there is still lot of problems...

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WiseAlien Author
WiseAlien

Me too, hopefully the 4.6 will put an end to the GUI pain :)

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Estor_

Scrap ritual animation thing. Make it just have that symbol come out but the guy doesn't do the animation. So it doesn't slow down combat as you sayd there.

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WiseAlien Author
WiseAlien

I think that I got rid of the slowing down issue by speeding up the ritual animation and blending it with the navigation ones as the player is still able to move freely.

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Estor_

That works too :)

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Dragamyre
Dragamyre

By the Nine Divines! All old fashion Oblivion is BACK! I totally gonna play this!

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WiseAlien Author
WiseAlien

Glad you like it :)

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emptyDnik
emptyDnik

those area some good quality animations right there; you can almost always "feel" that legs are touching and connecting with the ground instead of skiing like in other bigger games. and also nice transitions!

this stirred some gothic 2 memories.. always nice remembering that game :)

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WiseAlien Author
WiseAlien

Thank you, I'm a big fan of Gothic series :D and I've been always fascinated by its atmosphere so it's really cool that Primaeval brings some Gothic memories to you!

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FilipJ
FilipJ

I love that seal it reminds me Naruto seals :)

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WiseAlien Author
WiseAlien

Thank you! actually I watch a lot of anime and when it comes to magic anime is really a great source for new ideas, animations and skills :)

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rawpuppet
rawpuppet

How it will be, more like Elders Scrolls, or more like Dark Souls?

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WiseAlien Author
WiseAlien

It's not open world so I think that makes it more like DS.

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